The Creative Act: A Way of Being

Written by:
Rick Rubin
Narrated by:
Rick Rubin

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2023
5 hours 45 minutes
The #1 New York Times bestseller.

'A gorgeous and inspiring work of art on creation, creativity, the work of the artist. It will gladden the hearts of writers and artists everywhere, and get them working again with a new sense of meaning and direction. A stunning accomplishment.” —Anne Lamott

From the legendary music producer, a master at helping people connect with the wellsprings of their creativity, comes a beautifully crafted book many years in the making that offers that same deep wisdom to all of us.

“I set out to write a book about what to do to make a great work of art. Instead, it revealed itself to be a book on how to be.” —Rick Rubin

Many famed music producers are known for a particular sound that has its day. Rick Rubin is known for something else: creating a space where artists of all different genres and traditions can home in on who they really are and what they really offer. He has made a practice of helping people transcend their self-imposed expectations in order to reconnect with a state of innocence from which the surprising becomes inevitable. Over the years, as he has thought deeply about where creativity comes from and where it doesn’t, he has learned that being an artist isn’t about your specific output, it’s about your relationship to the world. Creativity has a place in everyone’s life, and everyone can make that place larger. In fact, there are few more important responsibilities.

The Creative Act is a beautiful and generous course of study that illuminates the path of the artist as a road we all can follow. It distills the wisdom gleaned from a lifetime’s work into a luminous reading experience that puts the power to create moments—and lifetimes—of exhilaration and transcendence within closer reach for all of us.
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Edwin Villegas

I will certainly come back to this book more than once in the future: the narrator was perfect!!

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The only book an artist/creative person needs.

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Mind opening

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Excellent content, flow, narration. Inspiring and positive !

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All the things most of people know, but so important to hear it over again and to remind yourself. Easy to listen, a lot of good quotes, Ricks voice is so calming.

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Gwen W.

Great read. Very inspiring. Very understanding for the inner artist, child, and spirit as one fits into the world, interacts with it, and lives as a piece of art it in. Beyond words to fully capture the essence of this read. I recommend this book.

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Jason R.

This book rang true to the artist inside of me. I never really considered myself an artist in the traditional sense but this book has inspired me to use my gifts and see the arts as a whole in a brighter light. You crazy for this one Rick!

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Silas B.

I‘ve been listening to this non-stop. Rick can wonderfully express thoughts and ideas that I‘ve had before but could never explain them in the same way. Must Read/Listen!

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Leendo R.

Amazing!! If you’re an artist you HAVE to listen to this!! One of my favorite books I’ve ever listened to. I’ll be listening again and again.

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Ira K.

Great ideas to think about and put to use

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Muriel H.

Brilliantly inspiring to live a creative positive life

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